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The 50 Greatest Debut Albums in Hip-Hop History

21. Black Sheep, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Label: Mercury
Release Date: 10/22/1992

Adding an unexpected sophistication to the Native Tongues movement, Dres and Mista Lawnge delivered us a platter filled with previously undiscovered rare grooves, hilariously sleazy lyrics, and more sheep puns than a New Zealand farmer. Beyond the addictive "Choice Is Yours (Revisited)," the Sheep offered a varied selection of moods and textures, from the bounce of "Strobelight Honey," the majestic "Similak Child," to the hardcore parody of "You Mean I'm Not."

Dres flexed a witty technique, wielding an advanced vocabulary and was equally comfortable at roasting weak rappers as seducing broads, while the album's breaks and loops set a new standard in originality. A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing is also notable for getting Black Sheep's A&R fired after his ill-advised verse on "Pass The 40" where he complained that he spent most of his time in the office "listening to bullshit demos."

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